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Gwyneth Paltrow On Sex Addiction and “Thanks for Sharing”


Gwyneth Paltrow is dipping her acting toes in the addiction pool once again, film lovers.

The Country Strong actress stars in the upcoming Thanks for Sharing, a film about three people who are undergoing a 12-step program for sex addiction.

However, this time around Paltrow doesn’t play the addict like she did in Country Strong; instead, she plays Phoebe, a woman who becomes romantically involved with Adam (Mark Ruffalo), a sex addict.

Sex addiction has long struggled to find its footing among addiction disorders. Some people recognize it; others claim it’s an “excuse” for “bad behavior” (think the Tiger Woods and Jesse James scandals).

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According to Paltrow, she learned a lot about sex addiction while making the film.

There’s a line in the movie where somebody says something like, ‘Isn’t sex addiction just an excuse men use when they get caught cheating?’ But actually, it is a real pathology. It was interesting to learn about it, see what the behavior is and what causes it, and how people are sober. It was very interesting. I learned a lot.–The Globe and Mail

Paltrow’s memory must not be that great because, according to the trailer, it’s her character who asks that question!

(It’s okay girl, we all have those moments.)

Thanks for Sharing debuted during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and will hit theaters September 20, 2013.

Paltrow and Ruffalo star alongside Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson, and Alecia Moore (Pink). See the official movie trailer and learn more about Thanks for Sharing at

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Gwyneth Paltrow On Sex Addiction and “Thanks for Sharing”

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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